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 Before you start this topic, think a bit about yourself, your family and its history. Does your family name reveal anything about your background or origins? If you wanted to know about the history of your family, who would you ask? Now think about your choir in the same way. Can you tell anything about it from its name? And where would you go to find out about its history? Who would you ask?
Topic 2: The roots of our choir
The aim of this topic is to encourage you to explore the history of your choir – to find out about how it began, to think about how it has changed, and to look at your choir as an organization with a past, a present and a future. Knowing a bit about our history can help us to understand who we are. This is true for individual people and for organizations such as choirs and schools too.
   To complete this topic, you need to collect information about the origins of your choir. (Don’t worry if your choir is quite new – it still has a history.) To do this you will need to decide on your sources – where to find the information. Are there people to ask (other singers, or members of your audience or congregation), or documents or websites to look at? Does your choir have a diary or archive you could consult? Talk to your choir trainer about this, or other senior members of your choir.
In the box below, list three sources you can use for information about the history of your choir.
     Make copies of the worksheet on the opposite page, and consult each of your sources by asking the questions in the boxes. You may not get an answer to every question from every source, but when you have all the answers, put the information together by writing it into the boxes opposite. (Don’t worry if you can’t find the answers to all the questions. If you find any other interesting facts, include those too. For example, has the choir given any important performances? Won any competitions? Had any famous members? Travelled far?)
Module E: Choir in context
The answers you write opposite will form a short history of your choir. Your choir trainer will discuss the results of your research with you. He or she may ask you more questions about what you have written, or ask you to find some extra information. You may be asked to give a short presentation to other choir members, or write a brief article (to go into a concert programme for example).
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                                                           Choir in context

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